As you undoubtedly know, Google decided to remove silent mode in Android 5.0 Lollipop and replace it with a concept called interruptions. The idea is that you set priority interruptions for certain times of day and so on, which sounds nice, but sometimes you really just want the simplicity of good old fashioned silence. The Galaxy S5 has had mute mode returned to it, but the Galaxy Note 4 and Note 3 are still waiting. Here's how to get silent mode on Android Lollipop for Galaxy devices.
Previously when you kept dropping the volume down it would eventually go to vibrate only and then silent mode. Not anymore with Lollipop. But it is still possible to silence your Galaxy device with Lollipop, it's just a little less intuitive. I've tested this on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3, but it should also work on the Galaxy S4. I'll assume Sasung will eventually patch these devices like they did the Galaxy S5 and bring mute mode back as a simple toggle action.
Note: This trick disables all sounds and vibrations, including incoming calls and alarms, so if you make use of it, be sure you're happy to potentially sleep in and miss work because you didn't hear your alarm or the boss man calling you.
How to get silent mode on Galaxy devices with Lollipop
You want to bring up your full Quick Settings menu for this. So either swipe down on the home screen with two fingers, or once to get to your notifications and then tap the ''list'' button on the top right hand corner to bring up all your Quick Settings toggles.
At the top you'll see the icon for sound or vibrate. At the bottom you'll see a star icon – this is the interruptions icon. If it isn't a star, it might be a circle with a horizontal dash in it and ''All'' written underneath it. Tapping this cycles through your interruption settings.
If you tap the star icon until it has the circle and line with ''None'' written underneath it, you'll notice that the sound/vibrate icon at the top has now lost it's color. This means that you will now have silent mode with no vibrations either.
If you now go to Settings > Sounds and Interruptions you'll see that the symbol on the left of the Ringtone and System sliders are crossed out. Previously, these would have been crossed out but with zigzag lines on either side, which means that sounds are off but vibration is active. Now you have no sounds an d no vibration.
Did you know how to get silent mode on Android Lollipop? Are you enjoying silence on your Galaxy again?
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